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    September 3, 2010
    11:00 - 11:35pm EDT  

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earl takes aim at the northeast coast as a tropical storm now, while the mid-atlantic is resting a bit easier tonight after seeing minimal damage. good evening, everyone. i'm doreen gentzler. jim vance has the night off tonight. maryland's governor said the state dodged a cannon ball when
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earl stayed out in the atlantic today. in virginia and north carolina, leaders are inviting visitors to enjoy a nice weekend, but things are much different to the north. michelle franzen reports. >> reporter: a weakening but still powerful earl churned north and well east of nantucket, but passed with heavy winds and rain. the vacation island received the brunt of the storm. heavy surf and hurricane-force wind gusts lashed the coast. many residents and vacationers out earlier in the day before earl stormed in took cover once the heavy rain bands moved in. in chatham the threat of earl wasn't enough to stop this couple from saying "i do." >> it will always be memorable, that's for sure. it's given us plenty of challenges, but nothing is stopping us. >> reporter: lasting memories of each other and their special day, shared with a hurricane. earl wreaked havoc all along the eastern seaboard, beginning with the north carolina outer banks overnight. the eye of the storm staying far
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offshore but close enough to bring driving wind and rain to the barrier islands. on new york's long island, powerful waves and rip currents created dangerous conditions at area beaches. >> obviously the surf has come up a lot. there's definitely riptide out there and we're starting to see a lot of beach erosion. >> reporter: and now that earl has arrived in new england, the question, how much damage will he leave behind. michelle franzen, nbc news, chatham, massachusetts. >> for more on earl's impact on the beaches in our area, chuck bell is in the stormcenter with more. hi, chuck. >> hey there, doreen. yes, indeed, it's very good news for people with interests in martha's vineyard, nantucket and cape cod. the storm has now been downgraded. sustained winds are at 70 miles per hour, just below hurricane speed, but it is beginning to weaken a bit as it gets over the very cold waters to the east and southeast of nantucket, massachusetts. as it continues to move further and further out, it will have a
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lessening impact but it's still going to be an ugly day there. so what about our beaches? head on down. probably not the best day for swimming and splashing in the water tomorrow as there's still going to be a risk of high surf and dangerous rip currents on saturday, but sunday and monday absolutely perfect beach weather. temperatures in the upper 70s to near 80 degrees. you couldn't ask for it any nicer. the question now is how nice is it going to be at home in washington this weekend. that answer is coming up. >> thank you, chuck. a state of emergency has been declared in new zealand's second largest city after a massive earthquake struck the country's south island. there have been no reports of deaths so far, but there has been significant damage in and around christ church, new zealand. the city was hit by a 7.0 magnitude quake. some people have been left without water and power, others without parts of their homes. >> it would fall over sideways
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and was shaking back and forth. >> oh, my gosh, that shake lasted probably over a minute. we've got no power. we've got no water. >> police say they are handling reports of looters and trying to keep people away from unsafe areas. no tsunami warnings have been issued for the island. tonight we are hearing the frantic calls for help inside discovery headquarters when a man took hostages wednesday. also providing a lot of insight into what police knew when first arriving on the scene. jackie benson is here with more. >> reporter: doreen, the carls were for the most part remarkably calm as they described an extraordinary drama unfolding before their eyes. >> yes, hi. i'm calling from discovery communications. actually i hear a police car. there's somebody holding a gun inside the main lobby. >> reporter: the calls began
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coming into montgomery county's 911 center about 1:00 p.m. wednesday. there was some initial confusion about the specifics, but one thing became shockingly clear, there was a man with a gun in the lobby of discovery communications in downtown silver spring. >> was someone shot? >> i didn't see. when i walked him, he said "nobody move" he shot in the air and then i ran. >> he's a white male, caucasian male, hispanic male. he has something in his backpack. >> it looks like a bomb. >> it looks like a bomb, ma'am. >> i can't see who has the gun or how many people have a gun. i don't know if it's one person. christine, was it just one person who had a gun? >> reporter: one call came from a discovery employee sitting in a van outside the building. >> yeah, he's heading towards the door. it looks like he's got a bomb strapped to him. >> he's got a gun, he's got a gun. >> reporter: but the gunman had not left the building. he had taken three hostages. a security guard recognized him
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from a flier at the front desk providing police with valuable information. lee was shot and killed by a s.w.a.t. team officer. the hostages escaped unharmed thanks to part to citizens who called in to help the police. >> jackie benson reporting. thank you, jackie. people at work across the street from the discovery building say they're still reeling from what they saw. employees at webs.com watched the evacuations and the s.w.a.t. teams and police that swarmed the building and they captured photos of the hostages on the ground. >> and i saw them essentially spread-eagled on the floor outside the building. not knowing if that was the gunman or the hostage. >> it also just brings you back to how vulnerable we all are. every day you walk outside of your home and you just don't know what's going to happen. >> webs.com employees said they thought twice about posting their photos to the company blog but they ultimately decided it was right to provide information
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from their perspective. still ahead on news 4 tonight, a major weekend project by metro. >> i'm live in silver spring. five red line metro stations will be closed for the next three days. i'll explain why coming up. also ahead, a pilot's day of practice ends prematurely. later, a fight in the stands halts action at the tennis court at the u.s. open. we'll be chevy chase bank is becoming capital one bank. with the most locations in the dc area, we figured they could use our help. ♪ down a bit. too much. [ crowd cheering ] [ grunts ] [ garth ] capital one bank. now with the most branches and atms in the dc area. what's in your wallet?
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talk about getting caught red-handed, one thief looked directly into a surveillance camera several times while stealing copper from st. paul's church in northwest washington. this happened last thursday. the man ripped the copper downspout right off the side of the wall and walked down the street with it. if you recognize him, call police. maryland state senator ulysses curry will step down as the budget committee chairman after being indicted on charges of bribery, conspiracy and
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extortion this week. curry is accused of illegally using his influence to help shoppers, food and pharmacy in business dealings. the indictment says he took more than $245,000 from the grocery chain between 2002 and 2008. his home was raided in 2008 as part of a federal investigation. curry's lawyer denies any wrongdoing took place. tough words today from the police chief in prince william county, virginia. he wrote a letter to homeland security leaders demanding the federal government stop handing out employment authorization cards to people in the middle of deportation hearings. he cited sister denise mowsier's death last month. carlos montana was drunk when he slammed into the car carrying three nuns. sister mosier was killed. two others were seriously injured. chief dean says montana used an employment authorization card after his second dui to get a
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virginia driver's license. still to come tonight, federal investigators go back to the gulf after an explosion on another oil rig. metro embarks on a huge maintenance project this weekend, closing five stations. and with earl gone, chuck will have our holiday weeke
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metro closed five stations as it begins one of the biggest projects in the history. they are all on the red line where the deadliest crash in metro history happened in 2009. while everyone agrees safety is important, many are questioning the timing of this project. dorothy spencer is live at the glenmont station with that. hi, dorothy. >> reporter: hi, doreen. if you take a look behind me, they are in fact closing the gates here at the station right now. they're just letting a couple of
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workers in. they're blocking off the entrances and blocking off the escalators. it's going to remain that way until early tuesday morning. at 10:00 friday night, metro closed five stations along the red line. they'll remain shut down throughout the three-day holiday weekend. it's the biggest track project in metro's history. >> the system is getting older. this is our 34th year in operation and we've got some major projects we need to get done to keep the system in a state of good repair. >> they shut down glenmont, wheaton, fourth glen and tacoma station. several hundred workers will perform repairs, track replacement and upgrades recommended by the national transportation safety board. new fiber optics will also allow riders to use cell phones on the underground platform. >> because of their situation, you need to call 911, you need to report something that's happened, you'll have a better opportunity to do that. >> reporter: thousands of riders use this section of the red line every day. many are concerned about how it
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will affect their weekend and holiday plans. >> i think it's a bad idea because they're going to lose money and they're closing how many -- how many stops are they closing down? i think five. that's far. >> actually i won't be able to get my grandson back to his mother for the holiday. >> reporter: metro officials say they're completing the work when ridership is typically lower. but some who ride the rails complain they're paying more these days and getting less. >> i still think after the fair hike they should provide as much service as possible. >> reporter: they will provide shuttle buses to move riders down the line. >> do you think the shuttles are going to be crowded? >> yeah, i'm sure. it's going to take people forever to get where they have going. >> reporter: metro officials are saying if you do plan to use the shuttle system, add an additional 40 minutes onto your trip. they do plan to have the trains operating on time, that's 5:00, on tuesday morning, but they're warning the trains will be operating at a slower speed, so it may take additional time then
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as well. reporting live from silver spring, darcy spencer, news 4. the federal agency that oversees offshore drilling is investigate the an explosion. it happened 200 miles from the site of the bp oil spill. the fire forced 13 people on board into the water. they were all rescued and no one was seriously injured. the coast guard says there is no oil leaking because of that fire. the price tag of the other gulf oil disaster, the one involving bp, has now reached $8 billion. bp announced its spending today that includes efforts to clean up the oil as well as money to settle claims, but that number could multiply if the government determines bp was criminally negligent. company executives are hoping the government will allow them to move some of the financial burden of all of this to contractors, transocean leased the rig that exploded and halliburton cemented the well.
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chuck is here with our weather forecast. so really good news -- >> oh, yes. >> -- for people staying in this area. >> it's good news for everybody that had interest down at the beaches, whether they own a hotel or you're just going down for your holiday weekend. great weekend weather ought all of the beaches and the weather right here in washington is going to be spectacular so get your plans ready, get outside and enjoy. tomorrow if you haven't had your kite out in a while, tomorrow will be one of the ultimate kite-flying days here in washington with a nice westerly breeze a blowing. still plenty of clouds overhead but no rainfall showing up on the radar. we madmade it into the 90s agai today. whew, boy, has it been a strange summer where 90-degree days are concerned. 91 our high 77-degree start this morning. our current temperature at 11:00 at night still 85 degrees. the dew points are trending down just a bit. that northwesterly wind will
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blow in nice changes tomorrow and the rest of the weekend. so the all-important number of fient-grow days we had this year, today was the 60th day this year 90 degrees or higher. that's the second most ever in a calendar year. it moves us ahead of the tie that we were in of 59 days but we're seven full days short of the record set back in 1980. i think we have a couple more chances for 90s here in the upcoming week. a few more tropical waves to watch. what was fiona has been downgraded to a tropical depression out here in the central atlantic. for now the tropics are getting quieter, at least for the next three or four days. we've got a long time to watch those waves out in the eastern atlantic. earl, continuing its track on out to see, a confident is going to come barrelling through here overnight and into tomorrow morning. as a result tomorrow we'll have a strong west to northwesterly wind anywhere between 15 and as much as 30 miles an hour, so a good kite-flying day. then as high pressure settles on in getting towards sunday and
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monday, spectacular september weather. we might have our first temperature below 60 degrees here in washington since mid-may, may be coming up on either sunday or monday morning. highs tomorrow with sunshine up into the mid-80s. so your forecast then for getting up and getting your saturday and weekend going tomorrow, clear to sunny. a little breezy in the morning. wake-up temperatures tomorrow morning in the 60s one more time. then tomorrow afternoon mostly sunny. noticeably cooler than today. about ten degrees cooler than today, but it will be a breezy day for sure. high temperatures up near 80 tomorrow and then, oh, you've got to love september weather. 50s at night, 70s on sunday, near 84 degrees as we get towards monday. there's another chance for a 90-degree day coming up on tuesday, and we may have another chance on wednesday. so i think at least two more chances but we need seven more days 90 or higher to tie the record. so whether we're hoping for that or not, that's up to the individual. >> i'd be okay with second
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place, to tell you the truth, but the weekend sounds terrific. >> i'm very happy about the weekend. >> me too. still ahead, some new information about life inside the white house for the first daughters. ahead in sports, dan has highlights from a busy night on the high sch
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the nats are on the road. >> yeah, in pittsburgh, and they have a couple of young guys that they have called up and they're playing really, really well, so it's fun to see. he's not nearly as well known as stephen strasburg but dan y espinoza is expected to be part of the nationals future for years to come. he made his first career start today. he also got his first career
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home run. niger morgan back in the lineup after appealing his previous eight-game suspension. he could be out for 15 games. he's here in center field making the nice catch on the little knuckleball. he's telling everybody about it. you see that thing moving all other the place, but i still made the case. top three, danny espinosa going the other way and this one is gone. the first big league home run of danny's career, puts the nationals up 1-0. bottom five, nationals down 5-1. a rough night for starting pitcher lavon hernandez. leaves it up for pedro alvarez and he takes it all the way to the wall. two runs score. he gives up eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. help is on the way, call the bullpen. nationals fall 8-5 to
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pittsburgh. stephen strasburg did have successful tommy john surgery in l.a. today. it could be four months before he picks up a baseball and a year to a year and a half before he returns to the majors. orioles lose 4-1 to the rays. in high school football we're in full swing. we start with a game that back in the day would have been a barn burner in montgomery county. traditional powerhouse damascus against former powerhouse mcgruder which has fallen on hard times in the past 17 years. i can say that because i'm an alum. that is serious! senior brandon phelps, he's going to virginia where his daddy played next season. second quarter, conner frazier throws it to phelps and he takes care of the rest. this is a kid that makes it look too easy. it looks like he's moving half
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speed. the boys from mcgruder just to have a chance. damascus shut them out 42-0. that's not funny. natalie randolph and her coolidge colts hosting friendly. the game tied at 6 in the second quarter. friendly is threatening. the swing pass over to navon hobby. look at this, he can't be taller than 5'5", about a buck 25 but he can scoot. 14-yard touchdown. friendly wins it 20-6. so high school football not only in full swing, college football in full swing as well. chuck bell will have your weekend forecast for those games tomorrow. he's very excited about that. maryland's first game at navy on monday at 4:00. tech opens up against boise state at fedex field monday night. couple of more football-related nuggets. on the helipad. steelers quarterback ben roethlisberger met with nfl commissioner roger goodell this morning. as expected the commissioner reduced his suspension from six games to four.
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roethlisberger will be eligible to play october 17th against the browns. good news, but this doesn't help. byron leftwich, who was expected to start in big ben's absence will reportedly miss two to 4 weeks with a sprained mcl. 18th ranked north carolina will be without 12 players. six of them starters for their season-opening game against number 21 lsu. one of those guys is marvin austin, a d.c. native. he's a big-time defensive lineman. he is a potential first round pick. those players have violated ncaa and team rules. some of them could be out for several games, so that's a tough break for the north carolina football team. >> and how do other high school football teams who are not your alma mater get you interested? >> this actually has nothing to do with me. he said there were some good plays from mcgruder game. instead it was damascus. >> all right. thank you, dan. coming up next, not the tennis elbow that most fans are
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used to seeing at the u.s. open.
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a pilot practicing landings didn't expect this when he climbed into the cockpit this afternoon. the 70-year-old pilot was doing what are called touch-and-go landings when his plane stalled and then crashed nose first into the roof of a house near the airport. the woman who lives there had just walked outside. she was knocked off her porch but has only minor injuries. the pilot was hospitalized but
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is also expected to be okay. there was more action in the stands than on the court during one match at the u.s. open tennis tournament. it began when a woman confronted a young man about his language. things turned physical when a man with the woman decided he'd had enough of the young man's mouth. both took a tumble over some seats. security eventually arrived and escorted all of them out of the stadium. please welcome bristol palin. >> bristol palin makes a top on "the tonight show" this evening. the 19-year-old daughter of sarah palin talks with jay about her mother and her ex-fiance, levi johnston. later this month bristol will appear on "dancing with the stars." you can see the entire interview tonight right here.
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we're finding out more about what it's like to grow up in the white house for first daughters malia and sasha obama. this week first lady michelle obama revealed that the girls wake up at 6:00 a.m., make their beds and fix their own breakfast. the tv and computer are off limits until after dinner. the girls don't have cell phones and are not allowed on facebook
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or any other social networking sites, but they do have plenty of activities. 9-year-old sasha likes basketball, tennis and hip-hop dancing we understand and 12-year-old malia plays soccer and the flute. the president says he's glad malia is wearing braces now because she's already 5'9" and is looking too grown up as far as he's concerned. something all dads can identify with, i think. >> absolutely. >> that's our news for now. have a great weekend. >> announcer: it's "the tonight show with jay leno," featuring rickey minor and "the tonight show" band. tonight, jay welcomes -- comedian louis c.k., from "dancing with the stars," bristol palin, the music of sara bareilles, and new back-to-school products. and now, jay leno!